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*made it to the championship game in the previous year
(clarification... I typed this at 6am)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on NLDS Game 5: Cardinals 6 Pirates 1 (and so much more)
"Wait til next year" is what I told myself as a 12 year old
after watching the Steelers lose the Super Bowl in 1995. Turned out
there was no "next year" (at least until 2005 by the time I'd grown up).
Thus I had a painful lesson while young that mathematics trump
human emotion: 1 in 30 (or so) is far longer odds than what my
instinct tells me (more like 50/50). In fact, I learned that if the team made it to the championship game, it
isn't even likely to get as far in the postseason as it did the previous year, let alone
win it all.
Same thing with the Penguins in 1993 or Penn State in 1994.
(Psychological note: the reason our guts tells us it's more
likely is probably because human emotion regarding sports evolved in a hunter role where
perseverance indeed rendered the outcome more likely.)
You're right. Hockey fans are routinely very rowdy. Even the NY Islanders crowd in their Saturday afternoon playoffs game against the Pens this year was insane.
2 months ago on NL Wild Card: Pirates 6 Reds 2
The only times in memory I can think of a crowd which I've seen this intense were Wrigley Field in the Playoffs and Beaver Stadium for a PSU football game against Ohio State in 2005. There are probably others I can't remember...
Even if they can't beat the Cardinals, I can now say I'll be happy with this year. They've vastly overperformed my expectations. Any more wins is a bonus in my book, not something to be sad about if they miss it. Does that make me a bad fan? No, just one that is glad to get what he can. Not everyone can win the World Series. You only live once: enjoy what life gives you. :-)
On another note, I think the fans did get to Cueto (what a bizarre and awesome turn off events). But he didn't have his best stuff tonight regardless. I've always thought that getting inside a player's head is overrated in sports (cf. icing the kicker, or yelling at a free throw shooter, neither of which is effective).
Thank you, Bucs, for a great year.
Sorry for the double text in my post; my mobile web browser is buggy.
2 months ago on The one game playoff is ridiculous
First off, if the Pirates had been the second wild card, our favorite blogger would no doubt feel more amicable toward it.
Secondly, if we really wanted to determine the best team, we would have even less teams in the playoffs, like pre wild-card or even pre-division-series.
But why stop there? How often is the better team going to lose to the team that gets lucky in the playoffs or catches fire? Why not eliminate the playoffs altogether and award the crown to the team with the most wins? Better yet, get rid of the win-loss format, and have cumulative runs for vs. runs-against (a measure by which the Pirates stink, btw).
As you can see, not just baseball, but all major sports are literally built for drama, not for determining the best team. It's what makes sports interesting. This purity test of who-is-actually-the-best makes no sense in a larger context.
But why stop there? If we want to determine the team with the most talent, why have a playoff at all
2 months, 1 week ago on The Pirates are going to the playoffs
Does anyone know what happens if there is a tie for the wild card with either the Cardinals and/or the Reds?
I think I speak for many of us when I say, WHY did you pull Morton for Melancon? Let Charlie pitch at least one more inning. And yes, I thought so at the time. This is what's got us in trouble recently.
2 months, 1 week ago on Game 157: Pirates 2 Cubs 1
Maybe it's better to step back from the edge and be more mature. Turn the other cheek. After all, violence just begets more violence. Granted, if someone threw at my head, all my peace talk might fly out the window as I charged the mound.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 154: Reds 6 Pirates 5
No question that the umps screwed up here. But let's put the blame where it is due: Jordy Mercer airmailing a routine throw to win the game, Melancon not able to get anyone out, and one killer at bat with lots of foul balls.
Don't forget either that anyone who throws at Votto today will have to serve a suspension.
No need to beat around the bush. This is one of the worst losses I've seen in any sport, ever. This is not hyperbole. Devastating.
"Maybe there's something special about this Pirate team."
I will never understand the thinking that most announcers and sports fans show. No offense, but sports are not magic, despite what the movies say. They are grown men throwing a ball around.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 147: Cubs 5 Pirates 4
Last night the radio crew said he had a .120 batting average against with runners in scoring position pre-All Star Break. Those numbers were never sustainable. Let's face it: he was always overperforming, and bound to come down at some point.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 127: Pirates 10 Giants 5
I *really* dislike it when Greg Brown picks on Bob Walk. If you listened to the radio broadcast yesterday in the 11th inning, you would have heard it again - certainly not the first time. Bob always remains calm, but Greg gets personal.
Anyone else notice and feel this way too?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 121: Pirates 6 Diamondbacks 2
On a funny note, Clint Hurdle had Josh Harrison pitch! Wish I'd seen it.
On a more serious note: the Pirates run differential is worrisome. Statistically speaking, chances are that their numbers will improve, or (more likely) they will start losing more games.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Game 115: Rockies 10 Pirates 1
Let's be honest: many of us longsuffering Pirates fans are just waiting for the other shoe to drop."C'mon, keep piling up the wins now, so that when you come apart, the fall won't be do far down." What if that shoe was never going to drop?
4 months, 1 week ago on Game 106: Pirates 6 Cardinals 0
The caveats should apply here. The Pirates had a favorable pitching matchup tonight, which they won't have for the next four games. And they just went 5-5 against some mediocre teams.
I guess it comes down to luck as much as anything. Who is hot in October?
4 months, 1 week ago on Game 104: Pirates 9 Cardinals 2
A few weeks ago, I already complained to the local FOX about showing the Orioles instead of the Pirates (hint: the number of Orioles fans in greater Harrisburg is negligibly above the background, and far lower than the number of Pirates fans). They said they can't control the choices: it's set by corporate (not sure if they could make a stink about it, but whatever).
Fortunately, I am driving to my parents' and watching the game on WWCP.
5 months, 1 week ago on The best in the dark